Supporting Differentiated Instruction: A Professional Learning Communities Approach

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Teaching is no longer a private practice, and teachers now recognize that learners have differences in knowledge, interests, and preferred learning styles. Supporting Differentiated Instruction: A Professional Learning Communities Approach harnesses the power of professional learning communities (PLCs) with differentiated instruction in a pragmatic approach to better support teachers and better reach students. In practical, conversational language, authors Robin J. Fogarty and Brian M. Pete supply a blueprint for...

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Overview

Teaching is no longer a private practice, and teachers now recognize that learners have differences in knowledge, interests, and preferred learning styles. Supporting Differentiated Instruction: A Professional Learning Communities Approach harnesses the power of professional learning communities (PLCs) with differentiated instruction in a pragmatic approach to better support teachers and better reach students. In practical, conversational language, authors Robin J. Fogarty and Brian M. Pete supply a blueprint for success for teaching all K-12 learners.

Filled with reproducibles, teacher tools, and techniques for reflective dialogue, this book provides:

Strategies to address the achievement needs of academically diverse learners

PLC team objectives linked with corresponding action options

Analysis of relevant theories and research on building teams, dissecting data, attaining consensus, and teaching responsively

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935249559
  • Publisher: Solution Tree
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 784,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors xi

Foreword xiii

Introduction: PLCs and Differentiated Instruction 1

About the Book 2

Action Options 5

Chapter 1 All About Collaboration 11

Guiding Principles 12

Why Are PLCs Formed? 14

Who Is on a PLC Team? 14

What Do PLCs Do? 17

When Do PLC Teams Do Their Collaborative Work? 18

Where Do PLC Teams Meet? 19

How Do PLCs and PLC Teams Function? 19

PLCs and Differentiation 20

Action Options 21

T-Chart 25

Chapter 2 All About Differentiation 27

Research Rationale for Differentiation 28

Fullan's Theory of Change 28

Differentiation Theory: A Research-Based Approach 30

Differentiation Theory: An Experiential Approach 33

Three Elements of Differentiated Learning 36

Using Data to Drive Differentiation 37

Action Options 40

Four-Fold Concept Development Activity 43

Chapter 3 All About the Learners 45

Student Readiness 46

Student Interests 48

Student Learning Profiles 50

Student Affect 55

Inventory Options 56

Action Options 56

Identifying Student Traits Brochure 60

"It's All About Me" Cards 61

Chapter 4 Changing the Content 63

Content Standards 64

Changing the Complexity 65

Changing the Resources 67

Changing the Environment 70

Examples of Changing the Content 73

Action Options 76

Chapter 5 Changing the Process 79

Direct Instruction Methods 80

Cooperative Learning Methods 86

Inquiry Learning Methods 88

Examples of Changing the Process 94

Action Options 96

Tear-Share Differentiation Box 100

Chapter 6 Changing the Product 101

Three Approaches to Changing the Product 102

Changing the Entry Points 103

Changing the Exit Points 107

Changing the Methods of Accountability 109

Examples of Changing the Product 115

Action Options 116

Sample Scoring Rubric 119

Chapter 7 Diverse-Learner Strategies 121

Developing Learners 122

Advanced Learners 124

English Learners 126

Learners With Special Needs 127

Action Options 129

Chapter 8 Changing Lessons for Student Success 133

Lesson Template Design 134

Basic Lesson 135

Elementary Lesson 141

Middle School Lesson 142

High School Lesson 143

Action Options 144

Lesson Template 146

Chapter 9 Changing Units for Student Success 147

Multimodal Curriculum Grid of Activities 148

Multimodal Grid Examples 153

Action Options 154

Multimodal Curriculum Unit Template 159

Multimodal Grid of Activities 160

Chapter 10 Next Steps 163

Setting New Agendas 164

Action Options 166

Semester-Length Timeline for Differentiating Instruction 169

School-Year-Length Timeline for Differentiating Instruction 170

References and Resources 171

Index 179

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